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We bought this when my daughter was a newborn. She had a very unsettled first 9 weeks as she was quite poorly and cried for most of the day and night everyday! This product was the only thing that seemed to slightly help her. The calming lullaby settled her to sleep most nap times and night times. When she got past the first 9 weeks and began calming down anyway, this was still a must and she had it on every night time to go to sleep to. She would lay very still watching the pattern going round above her and settling to the music.
There is no volume switch but the volume seems to be just right anyway. There is two timer options, one for 5 minutes and one for 10 minutes. We would usually leave it on the 10 minutes and it never usually needed turning back on. She kept it on her cot and even wanted it on just for a bit of comfort when she went into her bed. She probably kept it in her room till she was 2 and a half as it just got into a nice bedtime habit.
We had to go out and buy another one for my son when he was born and it's been exactly the same for him.
It's also small and handy to move around. We have always taken it on holiday with us as we know it will be needed for a good night's sleep!
A must buy for any baby!!!
The Tomy starlight dream show may sound like a cruise ship cabaret act but it's actually a baby projector designed to send baby off to the land of nod. When I was pregnant with little Loz, this item got struck off my baby list as it felt extravagant to buy this and a regular mobile. I also thought it might have limited use as it needs to be dark to work effectively. In the early weeks little Loz showed some interest in his mobile but what appealed more was a window or any other light source. When I realised that contrasts of light drew his attention, I reconsidered purchasing the Tomy dream show.
The dream show is a yellow plastic star measuring a compact 15 cm square with a depth of about 6cm. There is also a pink variant. Mine has two insect characters, who feature in the projection show, on the front, not the bear in the photo used above. I suspect that Tomy have made this item for many years and some changes have occurred over time. The content of this review is based on the model I have. I purchased mine for £5.95 plus £5 postage from the e-bay Argos store. This item also requires 4AA batteries which are not supplied.
The star can be used free standing or attached to the side of a cot. It can be turned on for either 5 or 10 minutes or set to run until it is switched off. It does three things. First, the star itself glows yellow. Second, it plays music in the style of a tinkling musical box. There are three tunes that can be selected. These are Brahms lullaby, Beautiful dreamer and a third one I can't identify but that is my favourite! They are all pleasant enough which is good as there is no mute function on my model to enable projection only. The volume is reasonably loud and covers the slight whirring sound made by the motor. If you don't want the music or it is too loud for your taste, it is relatively easy to smother the speaker by covering it with a blanket.
So, on to the third function, the projection, which is of course the main act. I just love this. I didn't have a good feel for how this would look before I bought it but I've not been disappointed. The top point of the star has a laser that projects a circle on to the ceiling. On my ceiling this is about a metre wide. Projected on to this are, what look like, insects who appear in slow rotation crossing the circle. The theme is, of course, going to bed. I have watched this many times with little Loz so, by memory, these characters include glow worms, insects riding a shooting star, a band and insects retiring to the comfort of mushroom houses, petal duvets, acorn retreats and strawberry beds. The sun must be setting as the background is a pastel shade of lilac. The style of illustration is very gentle and looks a little retro 1950's to me. The images are very clear and not blurred at all.
So, what does little Loz think? Part of my reason for buying this was to try to establish a bed time routine. I put this on for ten minutes at 7.00pm when I put him down to sleep. He needs a feed at about 11 so after this, if he is wide eyed, I put it on for five minutes and we watch this together. For the 3.00am feed he is generally so sleepy he doesn't need it but if he's having problems dropping off I will put it on again for five minutes. I can see that he watches the light projection and tracks the movement. He is engaged and attentive when this goes on. If he is fretting, it appears to calm him enough to tip him off to sleep. If he is really crying then the dream show won't get a glance. It's no miracle worker in extreme situations but (touch wood!) little Loz responds very consistently to this in situations that could go either way (sleep or screaming) without the dream show.
Despite my initial reservations, the Tomy starlight dream show has been money well spent. It is portable so I have been able to use it from very early on in the carrycot which Little Loz's mobile does not fit on to. It's compact size means that it can easily be taken for overnight stays elsewhere too, maintaining the bedtime routine. I'm sure there are some baby's who will loathe this but little Loz and me love it. If I had to pick fault, I would say that the star could be improved by having a mute function to allow projection without sound and/or a volume control. Also, I'm wary that a drop would crack the casing on this as the plastic feels quite brittle. A tougher rubberised case would be better. These are minor points though - this is, at heart, a sweet and simple product.
I anticipate that we will use this for some time to come. I'm attached to our bedtime routine already and will be sad when the day comes for the light on this star to be turned out. Mine won't be going back on e-bay - I'll be making some space in little Loz's memory box for the star and his insect friends.
I don't know what prompted our purchase of the Tomy starlight dreamshow or when we decided to buy it but buy it we did with the purpose of helping get our little one off to sleep.
One thing is for sure we have had our moneys worth out of it.
The dreamshow (my girlfriend always calls it the dream catcher and I think that sounds creepy) is made of plastic and is bright yellow and the shape of a star. The purpose of it is to project images onto the ceiling in a dark bedroom whilst playing a lullaby. It is an aid to help your child sleep.
What I first liked about the dreamshow is that it cannot fail to fit in to any nursery. Brightly coloured and star shaped but also has an image on the front of a blue bee? Sleeping on a crescent moon whilst in the background another insect rides on a shooting star.
The price of the Tomy starlight dreamshow seems to vary from around £12 to £16. Up to now we have used it pretty much every night for the last fourteen months.
The recommended age group for the dreamshow say it is suitable from birth to six months. My son spent his first six months sleeping most of the time anyway so where they get that age group from I'll never know. My son didn't go into his own room until he was six months old and that is when we started using it.
Before you can use it you will need four AA batteries. The batteries are not included. In fourteen months of using the dreamshow we have only had to change the batteries once.
You then have to decide if you want to attach the dreamshow to the babies cot or leave it freestanding. You attach it to the cot using a wrap around strap that is already attached. We chose to leave it freestanding. At first we used to have it strapped to the cot but as soon as my son could reach up to it we had to take it off and just have it stood on the floor next to the cot. Once he could reach it he became more interested in the star itself rather than the image on the ceiling. He would start trying to pull it down so he could hold it.
Turning the star on is simple. On the bike there are two buttons. The biggest button is simply the on/off button. Once you press this the star will light up quite bright because of the bulb inside. The light inside project the image onto the ceiling whilst playing a lullaby. The scene it projects is dark blue to depict the night sky. It features lots of cartoony like creatures sleeping on moons and stars, the image rotates and keeps going around until the dreamshow switches itself off.
The smaller button on the back is to switch between which lullaby you want it to play. There are three to choose from that are loud but sound quite soft and are actually quite relaxing to listen to. We don't have a favourite lullaby and we tend to switch between different ones every couple of nights.
There is also a toggle switch on the side. This is simply to switch between how long you want the dreamshow to play for. There are three options. Off, five minutes and ten minutes. Just recently I have very rarely ever used the ten minute option, five has always normally been enough time.
Just to give you an example of how we use it I will describe an average bedtime routine for my son.
Once we have bathed him and got him into his pyjamas either my self or my girlfriend will put him into his sleeping bag and put him into his cot. Sometimes he gets a bit agitated and wants to stay up and other times he just lies down. I'm guessing this is pretty much the same for most children.
At this point we still have the bedroom door open so that we have light coming into the room so we can read him a story whilst he lies in his cot and listens. Usually a story will take around ten minutes and hopefully by this time he has settled down a little.
Once the story is finished the door is closed and I will lie down next to his cot, place the dreamshow in the middle of the floor and switch it on. Most of the time he will look up and stare at the image on the ceiling, even now after fourteen months he still does it.
We usually have it set to five minutes which is long enough to make him sleepy. When it finishes and turns off automatically he is usually still awake. There has been the odd occasion where he has fell asleep watching it but more often than not he's still awake. It usually makes him sleepy enough that I can leave the room without he kicking up a fuss and after ten minutes of lying in the dark he falls asleep.
What is good for us definitely will not be good for everybody. All children are different but If you are having problems getting your child to sleep then I would definitely recommend using the Tomy starlight dreamshow.
I wouldn't claim it works 100% but it definitely aids to calm down your child by giving them something else to concentrate on. Sometimes getting your child to sleep can be the most stressful part of your day if you have been working a need to unwind yourself. The last thing you need is to be up all evening fighting with your child getting them to sleep.
Anything that helps is pretty much priceless so I don't think that twelve to fifteen pound is to much to pay for something that will most likely help.
My partner and I bought this when our son wouldn't go to sleep in his cot. It got him down for a few days but then we ended up co-sleeping.
It has three different soothing lullabies that it plays, and an optional timer. The timer is either five or ten minutes.
Since moving our son, who is nearly one, into his cot in his own room, he has had this on every night. Sometimes he stands up against the cot to catch the light because he likes it so much. I put the ten minute timer on and he is usually asleep within the ten minutes.
It is a very nice distraction for him, I don't like leaving him to cry and this stops it.
I think this is a must buy if your baby can be a fussy sleeper or you just don't want them to fall asleep in silence.
I also think it is very portable. If you were going away for a few nights it isn't much to carry with you.
There is no volume control on the Tomy Starlight Dreamshow but this has never been a problem for us as we think it is the perfect volume.
I definitely recommend this product.
I bought this for my oldest munchkin when she was a few months old. I saw a few lightshows advertised in one of my bounty books, and thought it would be a great idea to get her something like this to help her sleep.
As usual, I shopped around and found this one on Amazon. It had everything I wanted, and from memory, cost around £10.
It has three melodies that you select by pressing a button on the back. The first melody is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and I am unsure of the name of the other two. There is a side switch which allows you to play the melody for 5 minutes or 10 minutes. The other selection on this switch is OFF. The ON button is on the back, under the melody selection button. It also comes with a strap that you can attach to the side of the cot, alternatively, it is free standing.
The light show is projected through the top of the star and is quite large on the ceiling. There are moving pictures of stars, clouds and the little bear angel.
I love it because I can put my munchkin in her cot, even when she is crying, and as soon as she hears the melody and sees the light show, she is soothed and watches the light show until she falls asleep.
We were given this as a gift for our daughter when she was born 17 months ago. I have seen them in several shops so it is widely available and comes neatly packaged so is perfect as a present. The star itself plays two tunes which, after listening to it over the monitor every night, is a relief to have a change! The music quality is clear not tinny and is actually pleasant for adult ears! There are also two settings so that you can choose how long the tune plays for, and the batteries do seem to last well. The robust unit also projects bold images onto the ceiling or wall of your child's room which my daughter seems to find calming and engrossing. It's lightweight enough to take with you if you are travelling, and the handy strap attachment on the back means it can be attached to the side of a travel cot. The only downside I can think of is that the on/off buttons are small and on the back so once your child is mobile they are unable to turn it on themselves which I know they like to do. My daughter does love this, so much so that we bought one for our nephew when he was born, and he has instantly taken to it too.
Tomy Starlight Dreamshow
**WHAT IS IT**
This product is a lightshow which plays music and projects pictures that move onto the ceiling which is supposed to soothe and calm you baby so it will sleep. You can choose from three different types of lullabies to play to your child which should softly soothe your baby. This product is made by Tomy.
It comes in a rather colourful box that is smaller than I initially thought (I purchased mine online). The front of the box has the Tomy logo in blue on the right hand side. The light projector is in the middle (the one I bought happened to be pink). At the top left hand corner there is a picture of a baby sleeping and on the bottom left hand corner there are two cuddly bears sleeping on a cloud.
The side of the box has the same picture of the baby sleeping as the front only its larger and the other side has information on the product. The back also has information in several different languages. The bottom will give you contact details for Tomy.
Overall the packaging has a lot going on with pictures and writing. Its bright and colourful and you would notice it on a shelf of other toys.
The light projector itself is simple and cute looking. You can buy two different colours a yellow and blur or a light pink and dark pink one. For my daughter I chose the pink one as it would look cure in her room as she hasn't got much pink in it.
The projector is made out of durable plastic that can be washed with a damp cloth and is in the shape of a star. It is light pink in colour with a dark pink strip on the top where the light it projected out of.
On the front there is a picture (cartoon style) of a sleeping beat with wings that is lying on a cloud and I have to say it gives out a sleepy and peaceful vibe. It is a cute picture to look at and these are the type of pictures that are projected when the light show is on.
The Tomy logo is at the bottom of the projector in dark blue. On one side of the star has a switch in dark pink where you can chose to turn the projector off, to 5 minutes or 10 minutes of pictures and music playing.
The other side has a speaker where the music can be heard from. The back has an on/off button and a button that changes the lullabies when it is pressed (you have three choices) in pink.
The back is where the batteries are inserted and you have to use a screwdriver to open the compartment. To make the projector work you will need four AA batteries. These are not included with the product when you buy it you will have to purchase them separately.
A white detachable strip is on the back that is made out of flexible plastic. This is so if you want to attach the light show to the cot you can.
Overall I like the look of the projector it looks nice attached to the crib as well as freestanding. One thing I did notice is that where the product joins together the plastic isn't very even but this will not harm you or your baby and its only noticeable if you look very closely at it.
**HOW TO USE**
The light projector dream show is very easy to use. You press the on/off button when you want to switch it on or off, this is located at the back. On the side there is a switch where you can chose to have the light show running for 5 or 10 minutes. After this time the light show will automatically turn itself off. This is good as you can turn it on and leave it running in your child's room and as it turns off automatically without you having to go back into the room again you don't have to disturb your child.
The lightshow itself projects onto the wall in a circular shape. It has pictures of teddy bears, stars, moon and teddies on clouds. These pictures are cute and colourful. They are even nice to look at yourself.
The pictures scroll across and repeat after a while so the same show plays on a constant loop. While you are watching these cute pictures music is playing and I have to admit it is plinkity plonk music but to my surprise its relaxing to listen to and is not annoying as I thought it would be. To my surprise it doesn't irritate me at all. I find myself watching the lightshow with my daughter. To enhance the lightshow you need to be in a dark room with a white ceiling.
This product cost me £7.99 from Amazon which I feel is very good value for money in fact is was the cheapest light show that I could find by far.
My 12 week old daughter loves the light show. It calms her down when she gets cranky later in the day near night time and quite often she falls asleep. She gets so excited watching the pictures move across the ceiling when I first put it on.
After I have played the light show she is ready to go to sleep after. At the start she wouldn't fall asleep when it was playing but after using it for several weeks she falls asleep straight after it finished. I am glad I bought this product as my daughter really enjoys it and I feel it relaxes her before bedtime.
Its really part of her bedtime routine. I would recommend this product to anyone to relax their child maybe not necessarily make them fall asleep though. It is cute to look at and the light show has nice pictures to look at.
The product is durable as I have accidentally kicked it and knocked it down as I had set it on the floor to play and it is still working well. I think it could withstand a few knocks from a toddler too.
The only bad point is that you can not turn the music down or off but my daughter likes to listen to it so this is not a problem for me.
The light show is also portable so you can take it anywhere with you so this is handy.
Overall if you have a baby that is hard to settle I really think this product is worth while to try.
We bought the Tomy Starlight Dreamshow upon the birth of our little girl as wanted something similar to a mobile but also something that wouldn't get in the way of getting baby in and out of the cot.
The Tomy Starlight Dreamshow is a plastic star about six inches high and wide. It has a light in the top of the star and a plastic disc rotates over it to project the light show onto the ceiling. The lightshow itself is of little angels or cupids floating over clouds and stars. All very dream-inducing and relaxing! Whilst the lightshow is projecting onto the ceiling a choice of three different musical tunes play. These can be changed by pressing a small button on the back of the lightshow. You are able to set the length of time the lightshow plays for, five or ten minutes.
The lightshow star has a strap with which you can strap this to the side of the cot. This is what we did until our little girl got old enough to move around the cot and got hold of the lightshow. She was not able to pull it off of the side of the cot, as the strap is quite strong however it is easily removable for an adult. She did however bang it on the bars until we went to fetch her in the mornings! lol! hmmm... so it is now on her shelf where she can still enjoy the lightshow and music at bed time.
It is run by batteries, we put new batteries in our lightshow when we bought it six months ago and haven't had to replace them so far.
This is now an essential part of our bedtime routine, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. At just £8.99 it is a bargain!
This little Tomy Starlight Dreamshow is a great babies toy.
It is a little yellow star which can be attatched to a babies cot or can stand alone near the cot and once it's turn on it plays a soothing tune to lull your baby to sleep. Not only does it play a lulluby but it projects a light show of teddies and moons onto the roof of the nursery, this light show combined with the soft music box like lulluby is very relaxing for the baby and she or he nods off to sleep. I think this is a great toy for babies bedtime.
I bought one of these for my daughter when she had her son, as he was restless at night and it cost me £11.99 from Argos. You can get them in yellow or pink and they have a picture of a little baby ladybug sleeping on a flower on the front. it turns on at the side and is easy to use. You need four AA batteries for it and these last quite a while, but you have to buy them seperately as they don't come with the toy.
The Tomy Starlight Dreamshow is quite sturdy and is a chunky plastic toy which can take the knocks of a six month old baby banging it and trying to grab it . There is a setting for the time you want the music to play, five minutes or ten minutes, usualy by ten minutes my grandson is fast asleep. You can easily add this to a bedtime routine for your baby after bath time, snuggles them down and let it amuse them until they nod off.
I'd highly recommend this baby toy if your baby is restless as it really does seem to make a difference. it holds the babies attention with the light show on the celing and as they are listening to the soothing music you can see their eyes slowly drooping to close, it's quite amazing to watch and once it is played every night in the babies bedtime routine, they soon learn to know that it is sleep time and nod off quickly.
For me there is no price you can pay too highly for a good nights sleep and this toy can be used from a very early age as it is child proof.
The product is from a good brand name and the price is very reasonable. I would recommend you try it for your baby if they are bad sleepers and its always hard to get a baby back to sleep once they have woke in the night, but if you give them a cuddle or a feed if they need one and put this on they fall back asleep again.
10 out of 10 from me, I really wish they had baby products like this one when I had my children 30 years ago, it would have saved all that nightly pacing about rocking the baby back to sleep.
Have fun x